When Riverbank Erosion Strikes the Land: A Real-time Experience from Coastal Bangladesh

Authors: MUNSHI RAHMAN*, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Thomas Crawford, Virginia Tech, Scott Curtis, East Carolina University, M. Giashuddin Miah, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, M. Rafiqul Islam, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bimal Paul, Kansas State University
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: riverbank erosion, real-time, coastal Bangladesh
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Hoover, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Coastal and inland areas of Bangladesh are subject to riverbank erosion each year. This is because the major rivers of the country frequently change their courses due to both natural and human impacts. As a result of such erosion events, thousands of families lose their ancestral homes and make them destitute. Consequences of riverbank erosions are multifaceted that include but are not limited to environmental, social, cultural, health, educational, and political. The immediate impacts due to riverbank erosions are homelessness and property loss. Once a community faces riverbank erosion they try to resettle to a safer place. Most of the time riverbank erosions driven victims stay with their relatives and neighbors and sometimes take shelter on the government properties. Drawing from a novel approach, this study examines a real-time riverbank erosion event that occurred on June 22, 2018 in Ramgati Upazila of Lakshmipur District, Bangladesh. In this study we use notes from field observations, GPS enabled spatial videos, still images, and visual information of a community that lost their homes, local market place, settlements, properties, and memories where they had been living for decades.

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